Police tackle praedial larceny in St Catherine
As a way of easing the high level of animal theft in the parish, the Guanamo Vale police in deep rural St Catherine have been intensifying their observation of slaughterhouses.
According to sub-officer of the station, the aim is to make only legally acquired meats reach consumers.
"We constantly monitor the abattoir along with the Public Health Department to render persons more responsible. We demand receipts as to whom the animal were purchased from, the colour, sex, and other specifics," Sergeant Wayne Constantine said.
He said that cattle, small ruminant, and even chicken farmers were suffering at the hands of thieves, but he noted that there have been improvements since the police have intensified their watch.
"We intend to take a zero-tolerance approach and we are even setting up a farmers group to liaise with the police to have quicker and more direct response," Constantine said.
While commending the police's approach, residents said the surrounding areas continue to suffer from animal theft.